New law to address voting lines

Dee DeQuattro

ddequattro@abc6.com

After long lines during the last election, Rhode Island has a new law that will allow anyone in line to vote by the time polls close to cast a ballot.

Under the previous law only those inside the building by the time polls closed were permitted to cast a ballot. This was a particular issue at Providence's Juanita Sanchez School where people crowded the polling location just before 8 p.m. when the facility closed.

“Anyone who is willing to wait outside to do their civic duty should not be turned away. This bill would make sure that every registered voter who wants to vote gets to vote,” said Representative Edith Ajello, the bill's House sponsor.

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